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Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts – Mother’s Day Crafts For Kids

These Homemade Mother’s Day gifts are just the ticket for kids to craft.  This cup and saucer flower holder is so easy to make that a three year old can easily participate.  I gathered my grand kids around the kitchen table  to make this simple mother’s day craft projects for their moms.   A few of them were a bit disappointed they couldn’t give the gift to their moms immediately and had to wait a week for Mother’s Day.

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The first mother’s day craft is Cup and Saucer Flower Folder.

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The supplies you’ll need are simple.    Some of the grands and I went to the local thrift store and  found a great variety of cups and matching saucers.  We paid about $.50 cent for each piece.  Then off to the craft store to purchase the “flower frogs.”  Now just try and explain to at 3 year old why they are called “frogs” when you really don’t know yourself.  We found our frogs at Michaels Craft Store.  There were 3 to a package.  We purchased the smallest size.   We also bought E6000 glue.  This glue is used to hold mirrors into place.  It is a clear glue strong glue.   We also purchase a bit of ribbon that we will use to attach the mother’s day tag to the handle of the cup.  Of course you will need the tags… which are offered at the bottom of this post.    If you run across tea cups from a child’s tea set or a very small ceramic container… pick them up too.  They make darling flower holders for the dandelions and small flower bunches the kids bring in from the yard.  Last of all..  you will need flowers.

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Apply the glue to the bottom of the “flower frog”

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Place the “flower frog” inside the cup.   Little ones may need a little helping placing the frog in the center.  Allow the glue to dry.

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The tags can be run off on Avery sticker paper and attached to a larger paper backing, or you can run them off on matte photo paper.  My grands chose their own tags, we cut them out and they signed their names.  Insert a hole in the tag and thread the ribbon and tie it to the handle of the cup.

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On mother’s day… insert the flower into the “flower frog” and fill the cup with water.  (We purchased our flowers at Costco… and one bunch filled 8 cups.)  You could also scour the neighborhood for tulips and daffodils of you only have a couple of cups to fill.  I have neighbor’s who are  pretty willing to share their a few of their blossoms.

Watch the grands in action.  They had such a good time crafting their mother’s day gifts.

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Our second homemade Mother’s Day gift is a Pedestal Cookie Plate.

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Again… the supplies are very simple.   During our trip to the local thrift store, we purchased large salad plates.  Pretty ones were a bit harder to come by… but we got what we needed.  Antique plates are fun for this project.  You will also need  glass candle holders.  We found them in various shapes and sizes and they were in abundance at the thrift store.    The E6000 glue is also used to attach the plate to the candle holder.  Don’t forget a bit of ribbon so you can attach your mother’s day tag.

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Apply the glue to the top of the candle holder.

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Turn the plate upside down so you can place the candle holder in the middle of the plate back.  Let it set for a few minutes before you turn it upright.

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Attach the tag to the pedestal base with the ribbon.

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Fill the plate with cookies or small slices of cake… cover the plate with plastic wrap.  The kids will be thrilled to present this to their mom’s or grandmothers on Mother’s Day.

Again… watch my two cute grand daughters, Ella and Claire  put this mother’s day craft together.

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Now if you want these free mother’s day tags… simply give us your name and e-mail address and we’ll send you the download link.  If you’re already receiving free Insightful Nana downloads… you will not have to sign in again.  I’ll  automatically send these tags to you.

Make sure and watch the videos so you can see how easy these homemade mother’s day gifts are for your kids or grand kids to make.

Have fun with this mother’s day craft.

Till Later,

Kathy Griffiths
Insightful Nana

P.S. This kids loved these Mother’s day printable they colored. Best of all they are a free download.

P.P.S.  Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts are just the best.  I remember getting  homemade gifts the kids made in school.  I still have them… they are priceless to me.

Paper Crafts For Valentine Gifts

Valentine’s gifts can be clever and inexpensive and you make them yourself.  For me, it has to be a uncomplicated task or I lose interest real fast.  These easy valentine gift pockets are made from 12 x 12 scrapbook papers. The paper pockets hold candy or small gifts for your loved ones and they’re a breeze to make. This is a paper craft your older kids or grands can easily participate in.

1.  The craft supplies are:  12X12 scrapbook paper, gift tissue, scissors, paper punch (optional), scotch tape, paper clips, tacky glue, 1 1/2 yards of wire ribbon 1 1/2″ wide.  1/1/2 yards of narrow contrasting ribbon 1/2″ wide.

2.  Fold the paper corner to corner. Press the crease well.

3. Hold the paper in front of you with the folded side on top.

4. Fold the outside corners toward the center and over lap them. This will create two points that look like ears. This will begin to form a cone.

5. Roll the paper so the cone fits tight at the bottom. (So, you goodies won’t fall out.) Keep the seam
on the back of the cone so it won’t show from the front.

6. Secure the top with a paper clip in between the “ears” and on the side. Now you have formed your gift pocket.

7. Apply a bead of tacky glue under the back seam. You can apply a small bit of tape to hold the seam down, but make sure the tape doesn’t show from the front side of the pocket. Also, remove the paper clip from between the ears, and apply a bit of glue to secure that area. Reattach your paper clip.

8. For the ribbon holes in the back of the pocket, measure 1″ from the sides of the pocket and 1/2″ down, so the holes don’t show from the front edge. I applied two marks with a pencil to guide me. The space between the holes will be about 2 to 2 /2 inches apart. Use a paper punch to insert the holes if you’re using thin paper.

9. If your paper is heavy or double sided paper, you’ll need to insert the point of your scissors to make the holes. Make the holes about 1/4″ in diameter. The holes might be jagged, but your ribbon will cover them up.

10. Layer the narrow ribbon on top of the wide ribbon.

11. Take one end of the ribbons, insert them into one of the holes from the back side of the pocket. Take the other end of the ribbons, and insert them into the other hole from the back side of the pocket. On the front side of the pocket, hold all ends of the ribbon together and pull forward. The ribbon should come out even.

12. The back side of the pocket should look like the photo. If you happen to pull the ribbon to the backside, the pocket will not be stable when you put in your gifts.

13. The first tie of your bow should be about 4 to 6 inches above the pocket.

14. Tie the bow. You might have to fuss with the bow a bit to make sure the ribbon is turned correctly. Crinkle the wire ribbon a bit… and trim all the tails with the scissors.

15. Insert 1/2 sheet of gift tissue.

16. Fill your pocket with fun gifts such as perfume, jewelry, a small photo frame and candy.

17. Don’t forget to add your Love Note to your pocket. These Love Notes are free… here at insightful Nana. There are 18 designs to choose from. The Love Notes you don’t use in your pockets can be tucked here and there around the house, for your loved ones to find.

You can make small Valentine pockets for party favors or a small gift. Cut your 12×12 paper into fourths. Follow the same instructions. Use 1 yard of ribbon, 1/2″ wide or 3/4″ wide. Fill the small pocket with candy, or a cute pair of earrings.

Wouldn’t you love to come home and find one of these darling pockets filled with fun Valentine gifts and goodies hanging on your door? Hang one on a coat hook at the back door…or remove a wall photo and hang one on the nail. Use your imagination.

Use lots of colorful paper and tissue… and whether you fill them with small Valentine gifts or candy, I can guarantee the receiver of one of these cute pockets will be thrilled. Don’t forget to add your Valentine Love Note to your gift.

Have fun crafting these simple Valentine gift pockets and sharing them with your friends and loved ones.

Till Later

Kathy
Insightful Nana

P.S. Valentine Advice: You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip- Jonathan Carroll

P.P.S  See me in action making these paper crafts on the video below.